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A community-run event on North Street brought out some ghoulish treats and creepy 'trunks.'
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Pittsfield Community Comes Together to Host 'Trick or Trunk'

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
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Participants say it was a nice event for the children.
PITTSFIELD, Mass.— North Street on Thursday night was full of masked, socially distancing trick-or-treaters participating in the community organized "Trick or Trunk" event.
 
From the corner of Linden Street to Bradford Street, cars lined up in parking spots with their trunks open and decorated spooky for Halloween. To comply with the city's COVID-19 Halloween procedures, individual treat bags were made up for each ghoul and goblin.
 
Some trunks offered Halloween-themed pencils, and small toys that could be easily sanitized.
 
The event was planned two weeks before Halloween so that if parents wished to quarantine the candy they received 14 days, their kids could enjoy it on Oct. 31.
 
The event started as a Facebook page made by community members. Currently, the Trick or Trunk Pittsfield page has 81 likes.
 
The page's first post read:
 
"Hey everyone, thank you for being interested in this event. Just for clarification ... this is a community planned event. It is not being organized by one single person or a group but organized by the community. The idea is to run this like a [potluck]; meaning if you are planning to attend this event, it would be great if you also planned to decorate your trunk. It is not necessary, but if we all work together we can guarantee a successful turn out. We decided on this date for people who may want to quarantine their candy for 14 days and let their kids have it on Halloween."
 
The participating cars went all out with banners, hanging monsters, spooky props, and the owners dressing up themselves.
 
Cheryl Cleveland and Vicki Mazzer represented the Kiwanis Club of Pittsfield at the event by decking out Mazzer's husband's muscle car and hosting treats in the trunk.
 
"The Kiwanis mission is to change one community at a time, and one child at a time," Cleveland said. "So this is all for kids and they have been so left out of everything all summer so we thought, what a great idea."
 
Editor's note: an earlier version misidentified the women in the image above.

Tags: Halloween,   North Street,   

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Pittsfield Developing Plan for Bicycle Network

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

The first public meeting on the master plan was held Wednesday.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is developing plans to make Pittsfield safer and more accessible to bicycling. 
 
The first public meeting for the Pittsfield Bicycle Facilities Master Plan was held on Wednesday but the plan has been in the works for the last year or two, said City Planner CJ Hoss.
 
Though Pittsfield has a few areas with bike lanes or shared road lanes, the city would like to take a more progressive approach with simple roadwork projects or more extensive plans in the future to try and take on more ambitious, safer bike facilities.
 
"There's a need to take a citywide approach," Hoss said.
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